The Road To Hell Is Paved With Asbestos Tiles
Asbestos cleanup is expensive. You’ve got to have trained personnel and provide them with protective gear. Or, you can just have handicapped kids do it:
A retired Bridger High School teacher who had special education students remove asbestos floor tiles from a school building has been sentenced to one year of probation.
Sixty-year-old Randal Ecker pleaded guilty in July to violating the federal Clean Air Act.
Plans to renovate portions of a school building were approved by the school board in 2003, but they didn't include the removal of floor tiles.
At Ecker's direction, five students removed more than 100 square feet of floor tiles that contained asbestos. Ecker received permission to remove the tiles from a newly hired superintendent who didn't know the flooring was contaminated.
If this teacher knew the tiles contained asbestos, one-year of probation is sickeningly lenient; criminal charges under state law and jail time may have been more appropriate. The good news is that the school district settled with each of the children, but the bad news is that the settlement was funded by taxpayers, and not the manufacturers/installers of these tiles.
The tort reform movement often questions why there continues to be a large number of new asbestos suits filed. Improper asbestos abatement surely is part of the reason.